How was your experience with Chandra Shenoy at Mayo Clinic?
She was good with explaining and answering any questions that i had. But every time something failed, it was always the same answer. "we dont really know what happens, or why they dont implant". And maybe that is truly the case, but I wish she would have tried harder to come up with a different plan every time and try something new.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Chandra Shenoy at Mayo Clinic?
Make sure you ask questions, otherwise she doesnt really say much.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Chandra Shenoy at Mayo Clinic?
There were times in the beginning of starting everything that she seemed very robotic, like she had the same speech for everybody. But then towards the end of my time that I spent at that clinic It seemed that the more negative results I got, the more sympathetic and personable she became.
Describe the protocols Chandra Shenoy used in your cycles at Mayo Clinic and their degree of success.
I went from using lupron, and trigger injections for 6 cycles, straight to IVF. I used menopur, ganirelix, gonal-f, lupron...probably other but i dont remember them all. we had to convert to a freeze all cycle due to hyperstimulation. I kept bleeding right after starting progesterone in oil and we would have to cancel the cycle. They then decided to have me do the estrace vaginally instead of orally, and that stopped the bleeding prior to the transfer.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff were all wonderful. They were very supportive and compassionate. It felt nice leaving and feeling like they truly genuinely wanted everything to work out for you.
Describe your experience with Mayo Clinic.
The clinic works as a team approach to everything. so although i had Dr. Shenoy for a majority of my procedures, i had a mix of all of them at some point. This is good and bad in my opinion. it was great because they can all get together and put their brains together to try to help you get pregnant, but i also feel like none of them are truly invested in me. My biggest complaint is that i feel like a doll on a factory assembly line. It seems like they do the same treatment for every single person and are not open to alternate options and protocols. every idea i had read about other fertility clinics doing in the surrounding area was shot down because they said that there isn't any true evidence that "said idea" actually works.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Chandra Shenoy at Mayo Clinic.
the cost for my stimulation and egg retrieval was $12,000 for the procedure, and monitoring. and i paid about $6000 out of pocket for my medications. Each frozen embryo transfer costed $4000, and ultrasounds were anywhere from $600-$1000. Medications for FET were much cheaper. Lupron was about $80 per vial, and Progesterone in oil was $10. Estrace was so minimal in cost i dont even remember caring about the cost.
Describe Chandra Shenoy's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Mayo Clinic.
She didnt really argue against my request to transfer two embryos after the first 2 single transfers had failed.
What specific things went wrong at Mayo Clinic?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to order appropriate test